I like the sound of May. Both the word and the month. It just has a pleasant ring to it. May. Flowers. Mother’s Day. Last full month of school. Bonnie’s birthday. May is the reality of spring and the promise of summer. It the month to start getting serious about getting outside and seeing the world renewed.
This year May opens the door to the end of five days of COVID quarantine. I tested positive on April 25th and just finished my quarantine (now, five days of masking). For two years both Bonnie and I (and still Sue) have avoided the virus. We were careful to mask, distance, get vaccinated, and do what we could to stay safe. And I thought we had beat it. Don’t know where it come from but this late in the process it came with pretty mild symptoms. It was a strange headache that caused me to test myself, otherwise I might have missed it. A slight cough, a stuffy nose but not bad, were all that I really felt. Oh, and a slight temperature for about six hours.
So, what did I learn? I learned that I was truly tired. I shut off my fire department pager and turned off my phone at night. And I slept. Two or three naps per day. And I slept. I was often too tired to read, so I slept. That is what I learned about having the COVID virus this past week. And I thought about how many people I knew that had gotten really sick and some I knew who had died. And I prayed. I prayed for everyone who paid higher prices that I did with this disease. I was remained that we are all unique people who respond to the world around us in unique ways. And I rested.
This past two years of the pandemic have been very challenging years. Both in our world and Church and homes and families. Trying to find what is right and the right way has been troubling. We have been forced to evaluate what truly has value and what is truly needed. I don’t think we will ever find “normal” again, and many voices think that that is a good thing. It has opened us to see the need for the outpouring of the Spirit as we have had to acknowledge the limitations of “man’s best thinking”.
Peter says this in 1 Peter 3:8-12 “Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you, his blessing. For the Scriptures say:
“If you want to enjoy life
and see many happy days,
keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right,
and his ears are open to their prayers.
But the Lord turns his face
against those who do evil.”
One mind. Sympathy. Love. Tenderhearted. Humble. No repaying or retaliation. Be a blessing. And happiness and enjoyment with be yours.
As we move into this new month, maybe we could move into this “new” way of thinking. Maybe we could be that church that reflects the character of Christ and be found waiting when He returns.
In His Matchless Love,